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Snoqualmie Pass
Snoqualmie Pass is the largest east-west route in Washington State that travels through the Cascades mountain range. The pass summit is at an elevation of 3,022 feet and is located on the county line between Kittitas and King Counties. Some of Washington's most hiked trails are located along Snoqualmie Pass, due to the area's beauty, and accessibility to Seattle and the greater Puget Sound area.
The Most Popular Hikes in Snoqualmie Pass
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The trail to Snow Lake is one of the most popular in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, and its easy to see why. The hike begins at the base of Alpental ski area and the first 1.5 miles of the hike resembles Gold Creek Valley. The trail wanders through the valley with Denny M...Read More
Snow Lake from just below the ridge. There were lots of fall colors along the trail Snow Lake
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The hike to Annette Lake is tiring but well worth it. The trail provides a steady climb as you head up the easterly valley wall between Humpback Mountain and Silver Peak. The hike starts off by crossing Humpback Creek and begins climbing almost immediately. The path is rocky...Read More
Annette Lake trailhead near Snoqualmie Pass Humpback Creek cascading under a bridge near the trailhead Humpback Mountain seen through a clearing in the trees from the trail A boulder field down to the trail from Silver Peak
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The hike along Denny Creek is typical of many northwest hikes. The trailhead is easily accessible, the destination is a scenic alpine lake surrounded by steep slopes and you will share this trail with tons of other people on a summer weekend. The route along the creek is ...Read More
upper melakwa lake melakwa lake melakwa lake Keekwulee falls Denny creek slide
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The hike to Franklin Falls begins near Denny Creek Campgrounds at Snoqualmie Pass. The path follows along side of Denny Creek for its entire length, before culminating at the base of the falls. There are several ancient trees along the path along with several small offshoots...Read More
Trailhead Franklin Falls Magnificent Franklin Falls just under I-90 The river was raging, with several waterfalls along the trail
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On your way up Bandera Mountain you will get two things: a steep ascent and incredible views. With its close proximity to Seattle, Bandera is a must for anyone who considers themselves a Pacific Northwest hiker. From its wooded and meadow trails to its amazing views of Mt. R...Read More
Northward view from the top of Bandera Mountain, July 2, 2011 Bandera Mountain, July 2, 2011 Ira Spring Trailhead A cascading creek off the trail A lone snag off the beautiful trail I-90 in the valley below A bit of shade from the summer sun An open boulder field
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Talapus is the Chinook word for coyote but I would bet the presence of people scares most of them away. This is a very short, very busy hike and parking can be limited on weekends. This is a great hike for kids but with all the sights you expect from an alpine hike.
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The hike begins with a small climb to the valley of Box Creek. The creek provides you with excellent displays of waterfalls and pools throughout your hike. The path is sturdy, however, some creek crossings can be trouble in high water. After about 1.5 miles the river cascade...Read More
The reflection of the surrounding ridgeline in Rachel Lake Rachel Lake with a dusting of snow on the ridgeline on the south end of the lake Fall colors along the trail Some fall colors on the mountain side Another waterfall Early morning and everything was still frosted over Short sections of the trail went through fields like this There were several water falls along the trail
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The hike to Granite Mountain is a tough one with a cumulative elevation gain of 4,000 ft. There is no water on this hike and most of the trail is un-sheltered by trees, leaving you exposed to the sun. The views here are spectacular and this trail is usually one of the first...Read More
Lookout and The Mountain Looking North East First peak @ Rainier
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The hike up Mount Washington begins by scrambling up a short section of trail from Olallie State Park to the Iron Horse Trail. Turn right from here and find an unmarked trail, several hundred feet down the trail on the left (a rumbling creek will be your queue to start looki...Read More
From this viewpoint you can look up and see the tower at the top. Keep on climbing! Mount Washington Trailhead A look up at Mount Washington from the Iron Horse Trail A small, cascading creek near the trail Steep cliffs above Ferns growing out of the rocks near the trail
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McClellan Butte is a steep, rocky and difficult climb, but well worth the effort. The trail is wooded for the majority of its length, giving you a break from the hot summer sun. You will have to cross a number of avalanche chutes which can contain snow late into July. Great...Read More
I-90 west from the top. I-90 east from the top. Almost a walk in many places near the top. Lots of foot holds and small shelfs USGS Marker is at very top. Top of the trail. The top for lunch (before final scramble up).
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